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Open Water

Rated R for language and some nudity.

R In Theaters 08/6/2004 , 79min.
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90%
Viewer score based on 2 ratings
63%
Critic score based on 38 reviews

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Variety
A tour-de-force thriller that deftly transforms its low-budget limitations into spectacular assets. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Rarely have the dangers of drifting apart been given such a visceral and genuinely upsetting emotional wallop. Full Review
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear. Full Review
Dana Stevens
The New York Times
The sharks are scary, and the ocean is vast and indifferent, but the most effective parts of Open Water, which is ultimately too modest to be very memorable, evoke a deeper terror, one that can chill even those viewers who would never dream of putting on a wet suit and jumping off a boat. Full Review
David Edelstein
Slate
This is not to say that it is bad writing, shooting, or acting: It would need to be more ambitious to be bad. It is simply the most mundane sort of behavior presented in the most mundane sort of way. Full Review

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